Hot Sixty 4th: Do you have the time?
Hot Wheels does watches on their Team Transport #21 (hotsixty4th Car Culture Race car)
Welcome to Hot Sixty 4th where I showcase DLM 1/64 and smaller and sometimes slightly larger. IWC if you are not aware is a watch manufacturer and a very expensive watch company. So far we have seen Hot Wheels collaboration with tuner shops, race teams, and even apparels but now it's time (no pun intended) that we are introduced to a watch company so for my 73rd post in Drivetribe and 319th total post, I present to you the Hot Wheels Team Transport Mercedes Benz 300 SL and Euro Hauler under the Car Culture series.
IWC Schaffhausen is a luxury Swiss watch manufacturer located in Schaffhausen, Switzerland. IWC which stands for International Watch Co. AG also founded its own motorsport team in 2017 and has been competing at selected historic racing events. And the team's car is none other than the Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Gullwing which was originally manufactured in 1954.
This is definitely one good reason for Hot Wheels to collaborate with them. I mean this classic iconic car is most likely a favorite for most race car fans.
2nd reason and this is a good one is that the current CEO Chris Grainger happens to be a Hot Wheels collector as well. In a discussion with John Lambert of the Lamley group, Chris actually worked directly on this project with Hot Wheels Designer Manson Cheung due to a chance encounter. Chris also shared a lot about his Hot Wheels collection. Below is a sample of his collection.
Image borrowed from the web
So now let's get back to the HW Mercedes.
This is a really nice replica of the Mercedes with tampos all around although not without some issues. First this is just my preference as since this is considered a premium I wish Hot Wheels would release this with opening Gullwing instead of just static as that is the beauty of this car. Secondly the car is not an exact replica of the real car specially in terms of the livery as seen on the photo below. Other than that this is a nice looking casting.
And now let's take a look at the Euro Hauler.
The Euro Hauler is a nicely made generic truck that mimics the vintage race car hauler in Europe. This was most likely based on the Mercedes-Benz O317 used by Porsche which was a bus converted to a racing car transporter with the body from Stuttgart-based company Robert Schenk.
Image borrowed from web
And the tailgate opens as a ramp for the car to drive in.
The body and chassis are metal but the extended roof is made of plastic. I like the look of the transporter and the livery that was used. I'm also glad Mattel did not used the spoke wheels type like they did with the Ford C-800 team transporter.
It may not be perfect but I highly recommend this for classic race car lover.